On December 9, 2018 an enthusiastic crowd gathered in Centennial Square to celebrate the final night of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Our youngest participants led the way at the public menorah lighting, and lit up the large Ḥanukkiah, designed by Ed Walker. Then the partying began in earnest, spurred on by the high-octane singing and passion of the Victoria High Rhythm and Blues Band. People danced with abandon to a long-play version of Havah Nagilah. Other Ḥanukkah favourites, along with a number of R & B tunes, followed. Attendees generously brought non-perishable items to support the food bank at St. John the Divine Anglican Church.
Huge Thank Yous go out to the many volunteers who stepped up to make this evening a rousing success. Todah rabah to Rabbi Harry who led by example, both with his spirited dancing and wise teaching about this year’s Ḥanukkah theme “The Light of Courage – Demonstrating Resilience in the Face of Hatred and Fear
For more photos… (Penny Tennenhouse & Frances Rosenberg)… and a ruaḥ video… (Frances Rosenberg) …
A beautiful day as Avodah celebrated their sixth annual Ḥanukkah Big Latke Lunch with their friends at Our Place on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Avodah’s wonderful volunteers fried and fried and served and served hundreds of hot latkes, while they lit the candles on our fabulous ḥanukkiah, spilt dreidel and The Klezbians added to the joy with their freylekh klezmer music.
For more photos taken by Avodah member Penny Tennenhouse…
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“Brrrr it’s cold out!” As the days have become shorter and the cold and wet nights longer, our thoughts are with our less fortunate, vulnerable friends in Victoria.
Presently, Avodah provides support through our ongoing commitments to these local agencies:
- Burnside Gorge Community Association
- Our Place Society
- Out of the Rain
- Quadra Village Community Centre
Additionally Avodah has had special projects like providing sleeping bags to the Dandelion Society and, last year, delivering over 325 pairs of underwear to numerous small groups.
We rely on the generosity of congregants and friends to continue this work and to increase our commitments.
Please consider making an end-of-year donation to our shul’s social action group, Avodah.
Saturday, December 15 — Samuel Godrey and Pamela Hutchison invite the Congregation to a Kiddush luncheon after services on Saturday, December 15 in celebration of the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Zev.
Our Place is embarking on an exciting new program, the Faith Initiative Program and invites members of our congregation to be involved. This primarily involves listening — not giving advice on how to fix a person’s life — just listening with respect and dignity for all. Our Place is looking for individuals who are open, non-judgmental, compassionate; who can remain grounded in the mix of turmoil, pain and suffering; and who can remain positive, hopeful and able to celebrate the unique gifts of every individual member of the Our Place family. This new initiative intends to provide extra support to the Our Place family, develop stronger connections with faith communities in Victoria and add value to ourselves by hanging out, ready to listen and be a loving presence to Our Place family members.
General orientation, training and on-going support will be provided by the Spiritual Care program staff at Our Place. Volunteers will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check.
This is an opportunity to deepen and expand the hand-on support Congregation Emanu-El has offered over the years. Our Place envisions various faith groups in Victoria each taking ownership for providing spiritual care volunteers on one day of the week.
If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Penny Tennenhouse.
Once again Michael Bloomfield has picked up the challenge of getting warm socks for people in need as cold and rain approach. Where once the socks were donated, the past few years he has needed to raise about $7,000 for 7,500 pairs of socks. Your help is needed to find another $2,000 at $25, $50, $100 a time to reach our goal. Businesses large and small have donated about $5000 and La-Z-Boy is covering shipping from Toronto. Continue reading Socks for our Neighbours in Need